Kharghar electric crematorium plan gets a boost
KHARGHAR: The city and industrial development corporation (Cidco), this week, has decided to call tenders for constructing an electric crematorium in Sector-14, Kharghar. The project is expected to cost around Rs1 crore.
Over 400kg of wood is required to cremate one body. It leads to the environment being destroyed and also leads to an expenditure of Rs2,000 to Rs3,000. Many families are unable to afford the cost and hence the electric crematorium will be a good option for them.
RM Pusalkar, Cidco executive engineer, Kharghar, “Our aim is to curb the cutting of trees in jungles, conserve the environment and reduce pollution. The electric crematorium is being set up in this context.”
“In case of power failure, we have a generator on a standby,” said Pusalkar.
“Around 40kg of ash gets accumulated once a body is burnt. It is usually released in ponds and rivers causing water pollution. Through the gas chamber, the entire body is burnt in about 90 minutes. The crematorium’s chimney will be 30m high which will prevent air pollution,” said Pusalkar.
Tenders for the project are expected to be called soon. Kharghar’s population has reached almost 4lakh and is expected to rise manifold in the next few years.
There is just one crematorium in Kharghar for the Hindu community and one burial ground for the Muslim community.